Our School » Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Dear MVB Community,
I want to welcome the entire Martin Van Buren Family to our website, TheNewMVB!
The idea of “The New MVB” has been borne out of our evolving commitment to offer a bona fide 21st Century education to our students.  I am proud to say how committed we are in preparing our students for college and careers that go far beyond the schooling process. Since becoming Principal in July 2012, we have doubled our Advanced Placement offerings, offering AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP US History, AP World History, AP Spanish, AP English Lit as well as AP LIterature and Composition. Just this school year we added AP Chemistry as well AP Computer Science.  To demonstrate our expansion for a school wide college going culture, we will add a second level for Computer Science (AP Computer Science A) along with AP Psychology in the 2018-2019 year. This will bring us to a total offering of 12 Advanced Placement classes, including three courses in Science and two in the Computer Sciences.
In addition to our wide array of College Board classes, we also offer 2 college credit-bearing classes via Syracuse University in Social Studies through their Project Advance program.  We also offer several college credit bearing courses in College Now from Queensborough Community College.
As a result of these programs and college prep classes, our students have been successful in getting into programs such as Sophie Davis School of Medicine and BioMedical Education, Columbia University, Dartmouth, Temple University, Cornell University, University of Kentucky, NYU, SUNY centers such as Binghamton and Stony Brook, and many other highly competitive colleges and Universities.
In addition to these high level offerings and accomplishments, our school has three distinct career oriented pathways in Health Careers, Engineering & Robotics, as well as Law.  We also offer a full array of courses in the Arts, Music, Health and Business.
Also, we have an active program in Student Leadership and Scholars for students who want to experience what it means to lead in today’s complex world.  
Through our Community Based Organizations, we have a My Brother’s Keeper Program run through our close collaboration with Johns Hopkins University as well a 9-12 Social Emotional and Academic student support affiliation with the Central Queens Y.
We also have a competitive Model UN Program as well as our noted Robotics team.   
I want to stop here because even though there are many more items to list, we invite all members of the community to come visit.  If you want to learn more about what we have done to make “The New MVB” THE destination of Eastern Queens, please schedule an appointment with our Guidance staff at 718 776-4728.
Wishing everyone the best.
Sam Sochet
MVB Principal